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Location: Bedfordshire, England, UK.

Population: 37,000

Found in the county of Bedfordshire, the market town of Leighton Buzzard lies near to the county boundary between Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, Leighton Buzzard has a resident population of approximately thirty seven thousand and a historical past stretching back to the Roman period, when the ancient Watling Street (now the A-5) passed the town. Presently Leighton Buzzard is connected to the adjacent town of Linslade it is roughly midway between Milton Keynes (Bucks) and Luton, it is located next to the Chiltern Hills and has a substantial quarrying industry (sand).

The History of Leighton Buzzard: It is felt that there had been settlements in or around what is now named Leighton Buzzard stretching back to prehistoric times, historic artifacts and coins uncovered in the area offer evidence of this. The age-old Watling Street (constructed by the Romans), now termed the A5, went through nearby Dunstable and Hockliffe around 2,000 in years past, and the Romans would have at least been aware of the village at that time.

The Romans were in turn followed by the Anglo-Saxons, and it was they who used the market place in about the tenth century, and relics stumbled upon suggest that they were residing in the vicinity undoubtedly from the sixth century. The commune existing at that time is not cited till 906 when the Danes wrote a peace treaty at Tiddenfoot, the Domesday Book reported Leighton Manor.

The ecclesiastical parish of Leighton Buzzard, over the years, encompassed a way wider area than only the town alone, and covered the hamlets of Stanbridge, Billington, Eggington and Heath & Reach. The "Leighton" in the name may have originated from the old English for "a clearing in the woods", the "Buzzard" part was not to be applied up until the twelfth century after the Dean of Lincoln had to differentiate it from a second "Leighton" that was inside his diocese. The Manors of Leighton were tenanted to an assortment of tenants over the years, such as the Leighs of Stoneleigh, who followed Charles I during the English Civil War (1642-1645).

Leighton Buzzard trainThe town grew even bigger over the ensuing generations and the construction of a canal and a railway line in the 19th Century saw it evolve and develop. Modern day Leighton Buzzard is a growing market town that has witnessed accelerated development in modern times.

Leighton Buzzard Places of Interest: All Saints Church commenced in 1277, together with its one hundred and ninety foot high spire, the widely known Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, a narrow guage heritage railway service which runs for approximately four mls from the station at Pages Park, to 2 now disused sand quarries at Double Arches, the railway makes use of renovated steam engines, Stockgrove Country Park, a park covering forty acres at nearby Heath and Reach with woodland walks, a picnic area and a lake.

Also: Leighton Lady Cruises, Ouzel Meadows, Ford End Watermill, Aspley Woods, Dunstable Downs, Grebe Canal Cruises, Woburn Heritage Centre, Bluebell Wood, Mead Open Farm, Dropshort Marsh, Leighton Linslade Virtual Museum, Snakes and Ladders at Bedfordshire, Woburn Abbey, Dunstable Leisure Centre, Pitstone Windmill, Ascott House.

A selection of Leighton Buzzard streets and roads: The Paddocks, Churchill Road, Draper Way, Sandy Lane, Waterdell, Garden Leys, Cygnus Drive, Southcourt Avenue, Willow Bank Walk, Church Street, Derwent Road, Ashlong Close, Grove Road, Shepherds Mead, Nebular Court, Gemini Close, Harrow Road, Barnabas Road, Lathwell Way, Regent Street, Finch Crescent, St Leonard's Close, Vicarage Road, Chestnut Rise, Blakedown Road, Southcourt Road, Ascot Drive, Church Road, George Street, Corbet Ride, The Martins Drive, Stephenson Close, Rosebery Avenue, Vicarage Gardens, Oxendon Court, Millers Close, Omega Court, Enterprise Way, Miles Avenue, Blenheim Road, Millbank, North Street, Pine Close, Leopold Road, New Road, Lincombe Slade, Chaloner Court, Grovebury Place Estate, Brooklands Drive, Lee Don Furlong, Stanbridge Road Terrace.

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The above information should be helpful for nearby parishes and towns which include: Bragenham, Wing, Milton Bryant, Linslade, Tebworth, Houghton Regis, Battlesden, Stoke Hammond, Stanbridge, Great Brickhill, Clipstone, Slapton, Billington, Eggington, Wingrave, Toddington, Eaton Bray, Luton, Little Brickhill, Horton, Wingfield, Mentmore, Hockliffe, Briggington, Burcott, Cheddington, Dunstable, Grove, Heath and Reach, Stewkley, Soulbury, Little Billington. Map - Weather